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Johanna Aitchison

Last Lift of the Day

He laughs into the rear
vision mirror when you ask
his job. Tulips page past:
yellow plastic, sunset,
dried-blood red. And sakura:
blooming late, worried
under heavy pink.
‘I’m a host,’ he says,
lights a Lark cigarette,
‘I entertain women
at clubs.’ The car plunges
into the tunnel, tiny lights fur
the sides of your eyes,
you splash into white. A swatch
of pines crooks elbows
at the sky, a striped spire sends
clouds from a chemical factory.
‘So what do the women want?’ you ask.
‘To look, be touched,
to touch.’ Blue smoke
escapes the window gap,
kawara roofs shine by;
an old woman’s dragging
gumboots through a flooded
rice paddy at the foot
of a giant dam.
‘You wanna try?’
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